South London pastor Beryl St James urged parents to get more involved in their child’s upbringing as Croydon witnessed a fatal stabbing on Thursday. The Pastor exclaimed that schools, community groups and other public services should not be the only ones involved in childraising. She added both the parents and the state needed to work together if there would be any hope of stamping out knife crime.
Speaking to Sky News, Ms St James discussed the stabbing and demanded parents do more in their child’s upbringing to prevent further knife crime.
She told reporters: “The main part of the community programme is speaking with the parents, and for example, getting parents to find out who their children’s friends are, who are they meeting?
“Are they attending school? What if your child comes in wearing a pair of Balenciaga is? Where did your child get them?
“Get more involved, speak with your child find out what’s going on in their lives.
“I know we all have to work, we all have duties to fulfil but you cannot, as a parent, think that it’s okay to leave the state to continually look after your child.
“We’ve got to get more involved.”
Ms St James added parents and public services needed to work “together” and remarked the exclusion of children from schools may lead them onto a bad path where they are hanging around the wrong people.
Police have launched a murder investigation after a 15-year-old boy was stabbed to death in Ashburton Park, Croydon.
Officers attended the scene shortly after 7pm on Thursday and gave first aid to the boy.
Ambulance services arrived but he was pronounced dead at 7.36pm.
Met Police Commander Alex Murray said: “I am deeply saddened by every single homicide this year, and greatly concerned by those that have been teenage killings.
“Each one is a tragedy leaving behind heartbroken families and distressed communities.”
A formal identification has not taken place and a postmortem examination will be held.
A spokesperson from the Metropolitan Police said: “Formal identification has not taken place. A post-mortem examination will be held in due course.
“Detectives from the Specialist Crime Command have been informed. A crime scene remains in place.
“Anyone with information is asked to call police via 101 quoting reference CAD 5443/30Dec. To remain anonymous, contact Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.”